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MCC Drafting and Design students garner Meridian Council of Garden Clubs …

Drafting and Design class

Drafting and Design class

Pedro Balderas, left, and Thomas Young take a closer look at house plan drawings in their Drafting and Design class. The two were recipients of the Meridian Council of Garden Clubs scholarships.



Posted: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 5:00 am

MCC Drafting and Design students garner Meridian Council of Garden Clubs scholarships

Special to The Star

MeridianStar.com

    Meridian Community College Drafting and Design Program sophomores Pedro Balderas, 19, of Collinsville, and Thomas Young, 22, of Noxapater, were tapped as the Meridian Council of Garden Clubs scholarship recipients.

      The Meridian Council of Garden Clubs scholarships were established in 2004 and provide two, full-tuition scholarships.  These scholarships have been designated for students in the Construction Trades and Drafting and Design Technology Programs.

     Balderas and Young, both academic honor students, each received full-tuition scholarships – $2,100 – for their study this academic year; they plan to receive their associate of applied science degrees in May.

     Both noted they wanted to study drafting and design because of family ties.     “My dad works in the steel business, so I was always around it,” said Young.     Balderas said his father works in the construction arena and Balderas himself has an eye for architecture.

     “There’s a lot we can do in the industry … really anything,” Young added.

     When they learned from their instructor, Stuart Brown, Drafting and Design Program instructor and coordinator, about the awards, both said they were “shocked. “

     “Thankful really,” Young said.

    Balderas added, “Mr. Brown really made my day.”


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Article source: http://www.meridianstar.com/community/mcc-drafting-and-design-students-garner-meridian-council-of-garden/article_1912d816-6491-11e4-b552-f3ed4d3049a8.html

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Article source: http://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue0818/Award-Winning-Lamorinda-Garden-Designs.html

Garden Design magazine reblooms

From the poetry of deer grass to the sizzle of tiny, hot-pink “Lady Jane” tulips, the recently relaunched Garden Design magazine is full of surprises — among them that there is still so much that is new and fresh to say about naturalistic gardening. There are no ads, so you get a full 128 pages and lots of big, beautiful photos that draw you into substantial stories about the creation of dream gardens.

“We wanted to make it an immersive experience, where you really dig into a topic and can just kind of live in it,” says editor-in-chief Thad Orr.

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Garden Design, which relaunched this summer under new ownership, tackles big challenges, such as bringing a dying 5-acre Northern California garden back to life. But it also breaks down the concepts in both words and photos, and provides abundant plant information in captions, asides and shorter stories.

The “In Your Zone” feature provides two pages of richly illustrated regional information targeted to gardeners across the country. The current autumn issue’s Midwest Section, for instance, includes a question and answer with Lake Forest landscape architect Craig Bergmann as well as news about notable gardens and events.

Visit the website for subscription information as well as lots of great gardening information: gardendesign.com.

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Article source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/home/sc-home-1110-garden-design-returns-20141104-story.html

Now to the email …

Posted: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 11:00 am

HAPPY HANDYMAN: Drive Up will give you the cleanest garage floor in the neighborhood

By Johnnie Chuoke

Houston Community Newspapers

A few years back at the International Hardware Show, we found a product that will take oil out of concrete — at least that’s what they said.

All the cleaners up until then really didn’t do a very good job. So I told the show rep to send us a gallon and we would try it out. He also said that the cleaner would work on asphalt, and that it comes in 55 gallons drums for convenience store parking lots.

I gave that gallon to Trudy to use in her garage. She had bought a house that was 20 years old and had existing oil stains in the garage and if the product would clean her stains, it would clean any oil stain.

She used Drive Up in a small hand sprayer and sprayed the stain. She sprayed the stain every 15 minutes for a hour. Then the last time she sprayed the stain, Trudy gave it a quick scrub with a broom and rinsed with water and it worked! Not only did it work, it worked great.

We have had great success with Drive Up and you can too. The nice part about Drive Up is that it is non-caustic and you don’t have to worry about damage to surrounding landscaping. It made Trudy’s garage smell like an orange grove. So you don’t have to worry about wearing a mask.

Now while we are on the subject of cleaning, there is another product that we have had for a while that is called Rust Remover. It’s made by Goo Off. But why we like it is that it removes lime deposits without scrubbing. No other product can say that. So if you have white stains on brick from the sprinkler, this is the product to use.

Once all your stains are gone from the concrete, then clean all the surface with 30 Second Outdoor Cleaner. Now with the surface clean, protect it Drylock Wetlook. It will give you a surface that will resist staining and you be able to clean easier. You can do this in a weekend. You will have the cleanest garage floor in the neighborhood. And who wouldn’t want that?

Now to the email …

Question: I bought an older home at a great price. The only thing wrong is the sliding glass door is really heavy and jumps when you try to open and close it. I don’t want to install a new door because the opening is not standard and besides being difficult to open and close, it is just fine. So do you have any ideas on how to make this a better door?

Answer: I had the same thing happen to me at a lake house I bought. The door opening was bigger than any door opening I have ever seen. It jumped and dragged and made using the door a big ordeal. So we cleaned the track (it was real dirty) and sprayed a lubricant like no other. It’s called Tri Flow. It’s very different than other lubricants because it doesn’t attract dirt and dust. It’s the dirt and dust that will keep the track from rolling smoothly. Tri Flow is PTFE Teflon based and we like to call it liquid ball bearing. You can use it on mirror doors, sliding glass doors, drawer slides, hinges and anything else that is giving you problems. Now if the track is bent, you can install a new cap over the track. Just straighten out the old track with a pair of pliers and snap the new stainless steel track right on top.

Question: Johnnie, a while back you talked on the radio about an alarm for detecting leaks. I am trying to remember what the name is so I can get one for my attic hot water heater. The same thing happened to me that happened to you. But, I am not letting it happen again. A $5,000 leak was a little expensive. I am putting these alarms on every sink and toilet upstairs.

Answer: Maybe we all have to learn that way. The name is called Leak Alert. And as soon as you have a small leak (they all start out that way) the Leak Alert will send out an alarm that you will hear downstairs. Then you can turn off the water to the sinks or toilets and fix it yourself or call a plumber if it’s your hot water heater.

If you cannot find the products mentioned here locally, you can find all products mentioned in our columns on our website (www.happyhandyman.com) and then click on Shop Johnnie’s Favorites, or you can give us a call at the store (210-341-1573) and we can take your order over the phone. Johnnie Chuoke may be reached at the e-mail of happyhandyman2@yahoo.com. Mail can be sent to: Johnnie Chuoke’s Home Hardware, 2361 NW Military, San Antonio, TX 78231.

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Article source: http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/cypresscreek/living/happy-handyman-drive-up-will-give-you-the-cleanest-garage/article_86460028-1c31-571a-9c82-4294d068204f.html

Bagg’s Square Association update

Utica, N.Y. (WKTV) – It’s one of fastest growing sections of downtown Utica.  Bagg’s Square is seeing a resurgence of sorts… new businesses and restaurants are popping up. Tonight the Bagg’s Square Association held a meeting to update the public on a number of projects.

The association is made up of local business owners, property owners and residents who have been working for several years to improve the downtown core area.

The area stretching along Oriskany Street from Broad Street to the AUD, then north to the railroad line along Water Street is known as Bagg’s Square.

It’s one of the most historic areas in Utica. Years ago it was booming, but then went through a decline.

Francis Pezzolanella of Bagg’s Square Café said, “The problem is everything left Utica… It went into the suburbs, new hartford.. It needs to come back. The association is about making neighborhoods that are alive again, and people will want to come to a destination, rather than just popping in.

Mark Mojave, owner of Gerbers 1933 Tavern said, “The first day I put an outdoor sidewalk café out, a gentleman who’s owned a building for 30 years nearby walked up the street to shake my hand and wish me well. That’s rather profound, I think, and we see that sort of connectivity again and again, day after day here.

They spoke with a lot of enthusiasm, and support for each other, but no concrete decisions or funding has been granted – yet.

The group expects CFA grants for the area to be announced in the near future, and it could total in the millions of dollars.

Projects include developing buildings along Hotel and Genesee Street, the Roberts Hardware Building, and Harbor Point.

They also discussed smaller projects like landscaping and creating a walkway through the area.

With all the development projects, road fixes and businesses coming into the neighborhood in the past five years, the meeting tonight was full of support and good vibes.  They’ve invested in the area, and say they’ve seen a big change.

Linda Rockwood of Mohawk Valley GIS agreed, “I guess the time is right now. And there are just some great people around with energy, and vision, and ideas. And it’s time, it just is time.”

The Comets Team and the All-Star Game in January is a big part of the draw to this area.

But it’s never about one business. Many at the meeting tonight said it’s about smaller pieces that eventually build the core of the neighborhood… like the cafes, pubs, small restaurants, residential buildings, all of which have been happening bit by bit for several years now.

And that’s what the meeting tonight was all about. Supporting each other and keeping the positive energy going.

Article source: http://www.wktv.com/news/Baggs-Square-Association-update-281397621.html

St. Clair council hears options for M-29

Nearly 35 residents filled St. Clair city council chambers Monday night to further discuss possible changes to M-29.

The majority were happy to hear and give input on ideas for the roadway.

Lindsay Wallace, St. Clair County Metro Planning senior planner, presented findings from a stakeholders’ survey, which asked residents how they felt about various issues related to M-29. Nearly 1,100 people participated in the survey.

Wallace reported that survey participants thought M-29 should remain a four-lane road, as opposed to turning it into a two-lane road with one lane traveling south and one lane traveling north.

The majority of survey participants also reported that M-29 does not need a bike lane. Respondents also reported that it is not currently difficult for pedestrians to cross M-29 into Palmer Park.

“The survey results said everything was already OK with M-29,” Wallace said. “However, those who chose to add comments to their surveys expressed issues with pedestrian safety and speed of traffic.”

Nancy Kennedy, of St. Clair Township, said the pedestrian crossings along M-29 need to be changed.

“We have pedestrian crossings along M-29 already,” Kennedy said. “However the crossings are not utilized safely, and people cross where they are not supposed to. Pedestrian safety is my biggest concern, so I think we need something more functional for pedestrians.”

Mary Ellen Dingeman, of St. Clair, agreed that pedestrian crossings are an issue in downtown St. Clair along M-29.

“The problem here is enforcement,” Dingeman said. “If jaywalking and speeding traffic were enforced, then that would solve the pedestrian safety problem.”

Dingeman also said she thought that M-29 should be reduced to one lane traveling north, one lane traveling south and a center turn lane.

David Struck, St. Clair County Metro Planning director, proposed various solutions for M-29.

Struck said pedestrian safety was highly commented on in the stakeholders’ survey.

“There are a few different methods that could be discussed,” Struck said. “One is a pedestrian refuge island. It would not be a full median along the whole of M-29, but would be in targeted areas.”

An example of a targeted area could be sections of M-29 that pedestrians cross over to enter into Palmer Park. A refuge island is a space in between north and southbound lanes where pedestrians can stop to wait for traffic.

Another proposed idea is a pedestrian-activated light.

“The light would be initiated by a pedestrian who wants to cross M-29,” Struck said. “They would press a button, the light would turn to a blinking yellow to warn cars and then turn to a solid red.”

Struck said the light would not light up or change at regular intervals, but only when initiated by a pedestrian.

“If lanes are funneled into two lanes, instead of four like it is now, it would calm traffic because drivers would not be able to speed up and pass each other,” Struck said. “When there are four lanes, the flood gates open.”

Struck said another way to calm traffic is by adding streetscape elements such as landscaping, benches and lighting.

“Streetscape elements are a visual signal to drivers that this is an active area with pedestrians and that they need to slow down,” Struck said.

All proposed ideas and the survey will be reviewed by council and the mayor before a decision is made.

“Right now, we will review the information, and from there we will decide if we should have another special meeting or if we will present anything to council,” said St. Clair Mayor Bill Cedar.

“We aren’t close to making a decision,” Cedar said. “But we are going into this conversation with an open mind about how we can make our area safer for pedestrians and better for traffic. This is just the beginning.”

Contact Nicole Hayden at (810) 989-6279 or nhayden@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter @NicoleHayden_TH.

Article source: http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/local/2014/11/03/st-clair-council-hears-options-m/18444785/

Gardeners get fall tips

SIDNEY — Mary Lou Overton provided tips to her fellow members of the Rainbow Gardeners during their recent October meeting.

• Pull annuals and add them to the compost pile. For annuals that self-seed, allow seed-laden stems to remain in place through winter unless you plan to sprinkle them elsewhere in the garden.

• Store breakable items like terra cotta pots, rain gauges, and other garden art before a hard freeze settles in. These items may be placed in an unheated shed or garage as long as they are dry before storing.

• Fall is a great time to cut back perennials. Leave a few inches of the plant’s stem to protect fresh shoots from animal damage in the spring and to show where these plants are located before they start to sprout.

• Consider leaving some perennials for winter interest and to feed the birds. Coneflowers, black-eyed Susan, tall sedums, and tall grasses can be cut back later in the winter.

• Ornamental grasses should be left standing to protect their crowns from a harsh winter.

• Cover water gardens with a net to prevent falling leaves from clogging pumps and fouling water.

• Pull out stakes and plant supports. Exposing them to freezing temperatures during the winter helps destroy overwintering pests and diseases.

• Use a leaf vacuum or blower to remove leaves along foundations where pests and rodents can hide or gain entry to your home. Allow some leaves to remain beneath shrubs to provide winter cover for beneficial insects.

• Hang an assortment of bird feeders.

• Wrap young tree trunks to prevent sun scald and damage from rabbits and other rodents.

• Finish planting spring blooming bulbs before the ground freezes.

• Drain gas from power tools; drain water from hoses; disconnect hoses from spigots.

• Sharpen cutting tools.

• Start the snow blower to make sure it’s in good working order.

In other business, the club learned:

• That Rainbow Gardeners will act as judges for Fort Loramie FFA entries at the 2015 Shelby County Fair.

• That a Design Study was planned for Nov. 5.

• That the Master Gardeners would host a landscaping seminar at the Extension Office on Nov. 8.

• That a discussion concerning a renovation of the Hope Garden will take place in January or February.

In place of a program, Ann Heeley divided the group into three teams to play Garden Quiz Bowl. Questions ranged from soil preparation to annuals and perennials to mulching to growing fruits and vegetables. The first team to correctly answer 20 questions received Garden Genius certificates.

Article source: http://www.sidneydailynews.com/news/community_news/150412444/Gardeners-get-fall-tips

With a new CVS proposed in Metairie, a snapshot of the drugstore war – The Times-Picayune

The white brick building at 4650 W. Esplanade Ave. in Metairie has been vacant for a year. Floodlights flick on at night to deter crime, and rodent traps turn away the only shoppers.

Bob Kane, who has lived across from the building for 10 years, remembers when it was bustling – the home of C’s Discount Pharmacy, a drugstore of the old world variety where employees knew the regulars by name. “If you asked them what kind of ketchup you wanted, they would order it for you,” Kane said.

Above sliding glass doors, pale white letters spell out what came next: a CVS/Pharmacy, which bought out the store’s family owners in April 2012.

That chapter did not last long. Last November, the Connecticut-based company shuttered the location, sending prescriptions to a CVS store three blocks away, in a nook of the dark brick strip mall at 5004 West Esplanade: Continental Plaza.

Now CVS might move again, if the Jefferson Parish Council on Wednesday approves the drugstore’s request to consolidate lots at the busy intersection of Transcontinental and West Esplanade and rezone the property from residential to commercial.

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The site is so close that a prescription bottle could be tossed from one location to the other. But CVS spokesman Mike DeAngelis said the site is a vast improvement for customers.

“The goal is to provide a store that has better access and will be more convenient for customers,” DeAngelis said. “We look for highly visible and easily accessible locations to open new stores.”

CVS would close the Continental Plaza location, transferring employees, prescriptions, and supplies across the street. The drugstore hopes to build in an area that is now one house, which would be torn down, and two residential-zoned vacant lots used as parking for a nearby uniform store.

“Aesthetically, we’re going to improve that corner,” DeAngelis said, citing the store’s plan to include “robust landscaping,” a masonry wall, and to remediate chemicals from the gas station that sits there now. He said 100 neighbors have signed a petition in support of the plan.

But others are wary of what they see as an unnecessary shuffle. “What do they think we are, pawns on a chess board?” asked Trudy Schmidt, whose one-story brick home stands a few doors down from the proposed CVS. “For CVS to come in here and just stomp every block until they get their way is, to me, not the way to treat the citizens of this parish.”

Schmidt’s neighbor, Ken Merrick, described his home on West Esplanade’s drainage canal with a chuckle as “waterfront property.” When he moved there 42 years ago, it was just homes, no shops. A 24-hour drive thru pharmacy, he worried, would attract late-night revelers looking for booze or driving drunk. “I just know I’m going to get broken bottles on my lawn,” he said from his front yard, staring down into the green like he was already picking out shards.

The Pontchartrain Gardens Civic Association has not fought all commercial development in their neighborhood, said director Robert Lakey. “We’re not a stick-in-the-mud civic organization,” Lakey said.

But, he said, the CVS proposal concerns him for a number of reasons – including that fear of broken beer bottles, an uptick in traffic and noise of 24-hour shoppers beeping locked cars.

Lakey said he also wonders whether there is a loophole in parish planning, as parish officials do not consider what properties a store already owns, leases or has left vacant. “You’re already in the neighborhood,” he said. “You’re already in this subdivision. Why cause this disruption of the integrity of a residential area unnecessarily? And to me, the parish takes a blind eye to that.”

The parish Planning Department doesn’t include a store’s history in its recommendation report for good reason, said Councilwoman Cynthia Lee-Sheng, whose district includes the project and who attended civic association meetings to hear concerns.

Lee-Sheng noted that once a property is rezoned for commercial use, it can be sold and developed into different kinds of businesses. The council is considering whether the proposed CVS site should be commercial for years to come, rather than focusing on the drugstore.

To Lee-Sheng, neighborhood opposition to the drugstore fits into a pattern she sees across Metairie, which was planned with residential homes near commercial properties that spring up on major intersections and boulevards. “It’s just how we planned our community back then. All over you have commercial abutting residential,” Lee-Sheng said. “It’s always the fight, it’s always the huge battle in Metairie. You see it everywhere.”

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West Esplanade is home to a heady concentration of drug stores. When C’s closed, two former store managers – Patrick Douglass and Ross Morel – opted out of working for the national chain and chose instead to open their own store one block away. Nola Discount Pharmacy carried on C’s legacy so closely that for the first months, Douglass said, customers were still writing out their checks to “C’s.”

When CVS closed the old C’s location last year, Douglass and Morel naturally looked at taking over their old stomping grounds. But they discovered that CVS put a restriction on the sale of the property, requiring any buyer to prohibit other pharmacies from opening on the site for 10 years, Douglass said. The property is still listed for sale at $2.45 million.

To some, the fight over drugstores in the New Orleans area is special. Trudy Schmidt, neighbor to the proposed CVS, remembered how in 1997, RiteAid bought out KB Drug Store. She rattled off a list of other locally owned drug stores that have disappeared, sounding a bit like the local anthem, “Ain’t ‘Dere No More.”

“It looks like Walgreens and CVS have a war going on, and we’re buying into their war,” Schmidt said. “I find it so intolerable the big guys came in and got rid of those things which were in our heritage.”

Not completely. On Clearview, Nola Discount Pharmacy closes early, orders special products for customers, keeps their money in Jefferson Parish, and welcomes a Walgreens across from their store on West Esplanade. Overflow when Walgreens is busy only helps the store, co-owner Patrick Douglass said, bringing in new customers who often come back.

“We’ve have several offers from the corporate giants to buy us out,” Douglass said. “But I have two young kids, and we’re here to stay for 25, 30 years. We’re here to compete.”

Article source: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/11/with_a_new_cvs_proposed_in_met.html

Rose City Politics: Should the city remove curb side gardens?

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Q:Recently, City of Windsor By-Law Enforcement has sent out numerous removal orders for curbside gardens and landscaping in Old Walkerville that encroaches onto public property. Residents and current Coun. Alan Halberstadt say the gardens improve the appearance of the neighbourhood and should be allowed to remain, citing the bylaw as not being clear enough as to what is allowed on public right of ways fronting on residential private property. Should the landscaping and gardens be allowed to remain even if they contravene city bylaws?

Rose City Politics is written by three Windsor politicos to provide readers with an insightful and informative lens into timely local issues.
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Don Merrifield

There are many issues at play here aside from bylaws, concerned citizens, flowers, and trying to do something nice to improve a neighbourhood. One question that has to be answered is, can city bylaws be ignored if there is a personal opinion that the infraction actually benefits the whole city?

If the by law is being violated the infraction must be upheld and complied with. Even if it benefits the appearance of the neighbourhood. The social activists of the world would seem to believe laws only apply to people who aren’t as enlightened as they are, and they should be free to show us how fortunate we are to have them making our small narrow minded lives have some glimpse of their splendour.

Then there is what in my opinion is the real issue. The people in society who feel that anything that can remotely, possibly, or be perceived to be a danger or nuisance to their existence should have some sort of law to prevent people from daring to infringe of their lives. These are the same people who can’t wait for a crack in a sidewalk, an errant thorny rose bush stem, or a random angry squirrel to cause them some sort of pain and suffering so they can go running to their lawyer and sue the city for the horrible wrong committed against them.

Until the time comes that the city, and taxpayers, aren’t going to be held liable for every little stubbed toe or trip over a plotting tulip, the reality is the bylaws have to be upheld no matter what the issue is. This is why these landscaping improvements will have to be removed. No matter how much Coun. Alan Halberstadt wants to find the “snitch” and have him shanked in the showers. And this my flowery friends, is why we can’t have nice things.

Mark Boscariol

I find the orders to remove beautification efforts in Walkerville problematic for both the immediate nature of the order and the lack of input from all of the residents

First, simply the timing: a notice to remove planters in three days that were there for 12 years seems rushed. I don’t know if city administration realizes this rushed approach will turn residents into a defensive position that can likely elicit knee jerk reactions and hard feelings.

It’s completely understandable that bylaw enforcement is complaint driven, but for a complaint driven policy to succeed it must be balanced by actions that allow investigation and input by those affected. It’s simply unacceptable to argue that there was some clear and present danger from a condition that existed for 12 years without incident.

What should occur is a temporary moratorium on new gardens until readily available guidelines that are easily transferable from Guelph, Winnipeg or Vancouver can be adapted to Windsor. Common sense must prevail in our city and our leaders must change the culture to allow it. That means supporting decisions by administration that are made in good faith rather than seeking out a scapegoat if something goes wrong. I get the feeling that administration likely made this snap decision out of some need to cover its behind due to a history of being thrown under the bus when something goes wrong.

Why does this warrant attention? because research shows that this type of incremental change will do more for our city than the iconic change Windsor always spends millions on.

According to a study by Monocle magazine, the most desirable cities were ones that sought out and dedicated resources to many small incremental improvements versus the silver bullet Windsor always uses to solve its identity crisis. It’s this type of continuous improvement that often get overlooked in our rush to build large amenities such as riverfront tunnels or canal plans. Each individual item such as a sidewalk garden may not sound sexy or be headline worthy but when dozens eventually are added together they will give Windsor a sense of place that visitors will remember.

Paul Synnott

The simple answer to whether the gardens should remain is no. The fact that they may have been there for years is not justification for encroaching on city property. I’m not against someone planting some flowers to beautify the city boulevard in front of their property. That’s not what this is about. Many of the alterations that have been made include things like four by four beams arranged in a series of raised beds. Others include concrete scalloped stone borders, gravel and large landscaping stones. While improvements such as these may be aesthetic to some, they are barriers to others. In crafting its bylaws the city must be aware of and in compliance with provincial accessibility standards.
Some have called the city’s response to complaints heavy handed and without thought. Would they think the same thing if their mother or father, who use a walker, parked in front of one of these “improved” boulevards and literally couldn’t make it from their car to the sidewalk? How about a relative or friend who wants to visit the neighbourhood in a vehicle modified to be driven by someone in a wheelchair? A modified van, to carry someone in a wheelchair, would be unable to lower their ramp and safely discharge their passenger.

It may be unfortunate, but we live in a risk averse universe. One of the fastest rising costs for Windsor is lawsuits: the majority for slip, trip and fall cases. Until and unless the provincial government changes the law to limit liability on the city’s part, we must be prudent. Being of good intention or promoting cutting edge progressive ideas does not and should not give people free license to ignore bylaws when they choose. The precedent that would be set in allowing this behaviour to continue is something taxpayers can’t afford.

One final note. For Coun. Alan Halberstadt to label the person or persons who registered a complaint as “snitches” is offensive. It reeks of an elitist. His ‘how dare they complain?’ attitude is unbecoming of someone elected to represent all the citizens in a ward, not just those with the fattest wallets or loudest voices.


Meet Rose City Politics

Don Merrifield Jr.
Fourteen years as a Windsor realtor, musician, father of one son Miles, politics-run financially conservative yet socially liberal. Merrifield Jr. was a candidate in last municipal election in Ward 3 for city councillor, a cigar aficionado, motorcycle enthusiast and lover of travel.

Mark Boscariol
Husband, father, and entrepreneur, owner and/or creator of Tecumseh Roadhouse; Walkermole; Bedroom Depot; Chanosos; Oishii; Buda; Flying Monkey; Automatic Slims and Windsor International Film Festival, advocate for Windsor and supporter of all things good.

Paul Synnott
Paul Synnott is a committed small ‘c’ conservative with libertarian influences, community activist and co-host of Rose City Politics. He has worked on many federal, provincial and municipal campaign in various aspects including campaign management. No dogs, cats or kids, his passion is politics and the City of Windsor.

Catch the Rose City Politics crew in an upcoming issue of The Urbanite. Got a question for them? Tweet us @urbanitenews or e-mail info@urbanitenews.com. You can also listen to Rose City Politics Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on CJAM 99.1FM

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